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Today we’re joined by Jamie Sands, whose character Sebastian Black stars in the witchy fiction tale, Overdues and Occultism.

Character Questions

Who is your closest friend? My closest friend is my boyfriend, Basil. He’s a witch! It’s so freaking cool, like, I’d spent all these years trying to discover the truth and then there he was just like, putting salt on the doors and stuff. Wild. He’s a librarian and we both really love mysteries and food. Hopefully someday soon we can travel overseas together — maybe to Japan?

What kind of house do you live in? I live in Basil’s house, which is a cottage, really. It’s from over a hundred years ago and it has lots of history to it. It’s in Mt. Eden, which is a little village in Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city. It’s kind of part of the city but it’s sort of its own community as well, really nice area, lots of trees and flowers and good food. Plus a great book shop.

Author Questions

How do you know that your story is ready for submission/publication? I try very hard not to hold onto things too long, I am not a perfectionist and I’d rather something was out in the world with an error or two than sitting in my folders gathering dust. I generally go through at least two edits, and one of those might be a good deep dev edit, and then I say “that’s good enough”… and then I give it to my proofreader to fix. Then it goes out for publication.

Why do you write? I have so many stories in my head I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t write. I love the act of writing (sometimes, when it’s flowing), and I love people’s feedback on my writing. I love knowing that my ideas are out there in the world. I write hopeful stories for queer people a lot of the time, so I like to imagine I’m bring someone who needs it comfort.

Overdues and Occultism

A witch in the broom closet probably shouldn’t be so interested in a ghost hunter, right? That Basil is a librarian comes as no surprise to his Mt. Eden community. That he’s a witch? Yeah. That might raise more than a few eyebrows. When Sebastian, a paranormal investigator filming a web series, starts snooping around Basil’s library, he stirs up more than just Basil’s heart. Between Basil’s own self-doubt, a ghost who steals books, and Sebastian, an enthusiastic extrovert bent on uncovering secrets, Basil’s life is about to get a lot more complicated.

Overdues and Occultism is a novella-length story featuring ghosts, witches, and a sweet gay romance. It’s part of the Witchy Fiction project of New Zealand authors. You can read more about Sebastian and Basil in Jingle Spells: Witchy Christmas Stories. 

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About Jamie Sands

Jamie is a non-binary, pansexual kiwi who’s always been wondering ‘what if?’ They write stories about ghosts, monsters, magic, love and how the world could be. Jamie grew up in Wellington but now lives in Auckland with their wonderful spouse and a round cat.

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As I’ve been setting up the posts for Queen Titania’s Court, I discovered a new sub-genre. At least, it’s one that’s new to me. That is Contemporary Witchy Fiction.

At first glance, Witchy Fiction appears to be an offshoot of Urban Fantasy. Typically that isn’t my thing; however, I am always interested to see what the witches are getting up to. In fact, when I first set up this blog, back in 2012, it was even odds whether I would choose dragons or witches as my theme. At the time, I was promoting a podcast where I read one of my books, which was about dragons. Thus, the scaly ones came out on top.

Anyway! When I saw that some of Queen Titania’s guests were from Witchy Fiction books, I was intrigued. After asking a few questions and doing some searches, this is what I found out.

Witchy Fiction actually is quite new as a category. It got its start just last year. In the midst of the pandemic, a group of independent authors in New Zealand decided to combat the stress by creating their own fantasy genre. The first Witchy Fiction was published in October of 2020.

Witchy Fiction stories are Urban Fantasies that are short, sweet and light, with a hopeful outlook. There are a couple of specific requirements. 1) The setting must be in New Zealand. 2) At least one main characters has to be a witch. The witch is not necessarily female. 3) There should be some romantic elements. 4) The story has a happy ending. Optional extras include LGTBQ romance and the witches being followers of Wicca or similar religions. So in some ways Witchy Fiction is also an own-voices genre.

I have to say, I admire their approach, and now I’m tempted to gather a few friends and found my own genre, too.

Looking at the main Witchy Fiction web site, I can’t tell if there is an actual publisher committed to this genre, but all the books certainly share a similar “look.” I don’t think even Amazon has caught up to developments, since the Witchy Fiction listed there is not tagged as such, but the phrase “witchy fiction” is prominent in the subtitles and descriptions. This allows potential readers to search it out.

So, if you are hungry for a witch’s brew of light, fun story telling, and would enjoy a glimpse of New Zealand through a magical lens, you might want to look into Contemporary Witchy Fiction.

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